The Hague: Pakistan has started the process to file its plea in response to India’s memorial (representation) submitted in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Mr. Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was captured in Balochistan in March 2016 by Pakistan security forces and tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for “espionage and subversive activities”.
The ICJ had asked Pakistan to submit its written response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings. According to Pakistan Foreign Office sources, Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf Ali on October 6 presided over a meeting of law experts and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant departments to discuss the line of arguments in the ICJ. “We will forcefully defend our position which is based on the fact that Jadhav is a serving Indian spy tasked to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan,” the sources said.
On Thursday, the Pakistan Army said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. “Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mercy petition has come to the army chief. There is a process, everything goes through a process but I can assure that it is near finalisation and we will give you news about this very soon,” army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said.